Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Less Than Stellar Moment

Today has been a day. Everything started out so well. Rachel had the day off from school. Simon and Daniel were going about their normal business. Rachel and I went shopping for "potty training" and then went to MCITP to visit with her former teachers. We had such a fun morning.

The day was going so well. Then 5:00 happened.

Rachel (with Simon) climbed behind the couch in the basement. It's an activity that they've taken to doing over the last couple of months. It's become "their space" (for the record, it's Daniel's space when they're not home). And in general, I let them do it. But Daniel decided to "help" Rachel climb out. Before I could get over there to stop him, she started to scream. The screaming didn't stop until nearly 6 (except she fell asleep from exhaustion for about 15 minutes in the middle). I was just waiting for Kevin to get home from work and I was going to take her to the ER, having suspected she had dislocated her shoulder (again). Then, she started clapping while she was watching Jack's Big Music Show and then the crying stopped. Like she did before her IEP meeting, I suspect she popped it back in herself, by accident.

Hearing your child scream in pain just rips your heart out and makes you feel so inadequate when you don't know what to do to stop it from happening. This has now happened to her 3 times in the last 10 months. I hope we're finally done with it all.

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